July 22, 2014

Poll StatResearch—Notes from the 2012 Leatherheads Top 16 #3

Last week, the Alabama Crimson Tide once again secured the top spot in the weekly 2012 Leatherheads College Football Top 16–for the third consecutive week, giving the SEC school five #1 rankings over the past two seasons.

A quick glance at every weekly #1 team in the Leatherheads Top 16:

Team        FPV    Poll Points  Date        Poll #
LSU          7        170       9/25/2011       1
LSU          8        171       10/2/2011       2
LSU          7        199       10/9/2011       3
LSU          8        200       10/16/2011      4
LSU          9        204       10/23/2011      5
Alabama      5        170       10/30/2011      6
LSU         12        192       11/6/2011       7
LSU         13        208       11/13/2011      8
LSU         12        192       11/20/2011      9
LSU         11        176       11/27/2011     10
LSU         10        160       12/4/2011      11
Alabama      9        158       1/9/20012      12 (2011 Final Poll)
Alabama     12        192       9/16/2012       1
Alabama     12        192       9/23/2012       2
Alabama     13        208       9/30/2012       3

 

There were few position changes in the Top 16 last week.  In fact, the top seven teams remained the same and eight of the top ten finished in the same spot—with the only difference being the poll points.  The last poll had 13 voters with the two previous weeks having 12 voters.

The Crimson Tide extended its poll margin to 18 points over second place Oregon, 208-190.  The Ducks’ total of 190 is the most poll points for the #2 team in a 2012 Top 16.

Counting this past weekend’s voter participation and three times in 2011, it marks four times that 13 members have participated in a weekly poll—equally the number of times that 12 voters (in 2011 and 2012)—have participated.

Each weekly poll of the 2012 season, the Tide held a pair of 12 first place votes to zero and increased it to 13 this past week—for the highest margin between first and second place teams.

Alabama also held the highest difference during the 2011 season of 9-1 in the final poll of 2011.

Oklahoma’s 15 poll points in this week’s poll was only three-points shy of entering the Top 16—the smallest margin for a team knocking on the door to enter the Top 16.

Oregon State, after finishing right out of the poll a week ago, made its Top 16 debut at #14, while Clemson returned to the poll after being ranked ninth in the first poll of the 2012 season.

TCU advanced two spots, 13th to 15th, while traditional powers Florida and Ohio State were ranked 11 and 12—up from 12 and 13, respectively, from the previous week.

 

Tex Noel is the Executive Director of the Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association and compiler of the votes for the Leatherheads College Football Top 16.

 

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